Monday, August 11, 2014

Long Ago, And Oh So Far Away, I Fell In Love With You

"Yeah, yeah, I promise already.
Can we eat now?"

"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother,
and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
- Genesis 2:24

August 11th, 1979, my husband and I gathered together at our apartment complex with friends sans family, and with the aid of a local Notary bribed with the promise of lots of free eats and adult beverages, tied the marital knot.

Cutting the cake.
Hubby had sent me two dozen roses
for the ceremony that night.

"Husbands, love your wives, 
even as Christ also loved the church,
and gave himself for it;"
- Ephesians 5:25

Today, 35 years later, the knot is still tied. Oh, it's a little frayed at the edges from wear but the bond is tighter than ever. Most of our life together has been joyful but we have endured the death of loved ones, sickness, surgeries, crushing disappointments, financial hardships, vehement disagreements, and numerous other man-made road bumps. Some of his family have shown their backsides to me for whatever reason. The next, it was mine being unkind. Still, we've stuck together like glue, and dared to world to try and intervene again. He's such a good man. I've always felt like I was the lucky one in this relationship. That I got the best end of the deal. He always very kindly states it is just the opposite (such a sweet liar ... ha ha).

"If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
- 1 John 1:19

My husband is the one who helped lead me to Christ through the Grace Message to lead the proper kind of life. I was a Christian in name only before that. After showing me Christ's love through his enduring love for me, I changed my way of thinking. I still remember falling to my knees in our first house and proclaiming to God that I will follow Him no matter where he leads me. My life from that point on only got better. God has never let me down.

I know I've said it before but my husband is a fantastic cook! He really could be a professional Chef. I'd much rather eat at home than a restaurant. We started our celebrations at home yesterday. After watching a full afternoon of MotoGP racing in Indianapolis accompanied by beer and chips, we engorged on home cooked thick New York Strip steaks, Ford Hook Limas and boiled Red Potatoes coated with real butter. Tonight should be equally enjoyable.

The celebrations will continue on into this week. Our plans are to board The Boys (Jack and Sam aka The Jack Russell Terrorists) for the first time, then pay a visit to northern South Carolina. A five hour trip one way so it will be an over nighter. I've been chomping at the bit to visit Competition Accessories in Rock Hill. I so want a few new motorcycle gear items and they are the place to get it. I know I could mail order but I don't like buying a helmet or clothes without trying them on. I have the worse luck with that! Especially shoes.

Anyway, back to the original ceremony, there are more photos here of our wedding.

Eli answered, "Go in peace,
and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him."
-1 Samuel 1:17

Ride Safe,


Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I would say you are both blessed. Sounds like a delicious meal last night and I do hope you have success with finding your motorcycle accessories. Enjoy every minute. Love to you both.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

What a wonderful testimony! May you share many more years of wedded bless, Pam.

Monkeywrangler said...

Happy anniversary, Sparky and Mr Sparky! May you have a fun trip to the Moto-store and don't worry about boarding the boys. They'll do fine.

Lulu James said...

Happy Anniversary! ALWAYS blessed to hear how others have kept the faith!

Simply Linda said...

Happy, Happy Anniversary!! (belated)

You and Steve are the kindest people we have ever two are def. salt of the earth people. Love you both. Blessings

Linda E said...

That is the sweetest love story and thank you for sharing with us. Loved your pictures too.

Vee said...

Happy Anniversary! Many blessings as you keep right on celebrating!

steviewren said...

Happy Anniversary! I loved seeing the was like looking into a time capsule to my young adulthood.

Jackie said...

Oh, sweet friend! Happy HAPPY anniversary. Love the photos that you shared with us.
You and I share more than a friendship on a blog. I found out by reading your blog tonight that we share the same anniversary.
My husband I were married on August 11, 1972. We celebrated 42 years together yesterday.
Sending you and your husband much love....

Patsy said...

How did I miss this post?
I do wish you and hubby a very "Happy Anniversary"
It is wonderful to meet Happy Christian couples that really love each other.

DaBlade said...

Sparky, congrats to you and your hubby. It is so true how life can sucker punch each of us, but true love overcomes and gets us through. I'm so happy your husband brought you more fully to Christ and I am likewise blessed in that regard. Keep the party going sister!

Forever Engaged said...

I remember when I first got my license, it took me a week to find a helmet I liked. Icon.
Happy Anniversary! You guys make a beautiful couple!!! :)